Union govt to bring in 'integrated food law': Scientist

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Mysore, Dec 19 (UNI) The Union government would bring the 'integrated food law' to improve the standards in Indian food processing industry, DRDO Chief Controller and noted scientist W Selvamurthy said today.

Speaking to UNI after inaugurating a two-day international symposium on 'emerging and novel food processing technologies', at Defence Food Research Laboratories here, he said.

"The new law would come into force within six months and the government has appointed a committee headed by Cabinet Secretary which also includes experts in the field to formulate guidelines," he said.

He said the food processing industry would emerge as one of the main drivers of the country's economy within a few year's time.

Earlier, delivering the inaugural address, he said the country accounted for just 1.7 per cent of the world's food production and it had been planned to scale this up to three per cent by 2015.

"We are largest producers of milk and vegetables at 90 million litres and 150 mt respectively and the food production is at 180 mt.

However the country needs to triple this volume in the next ten years," he said.

Dr Selvamurthy said the size of India's food processing industry was now at 100 billion US Dollars and is expected to grow by four folds in the next five years.

It was important to arrest the post harvest wastage which remained the major concern for both agriculture and food processing industry, he added.

Delivering the Presidential address Central Food Technological Research Institute Director V Prakash said technology standardisation was critical and the country needs to scale up the technology in the food processing industry.

Technology without innovation would not be of much use in the food processing industry and requires a clear differentiation between know how, show how and do how and the last differentiation of matured technology with scale up. Basic research was mandatory and must be a part of the entire thing in this process.

The seminar is being organised by DFRL in collaboration with Mcgill University and Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.

UNI

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